Have you worn out the grass from your house to your favorite bench under the old oak tree? Or do you avoid walking in your garden because your shoes get wet and muddy? If so, listen to Jim Lytle of WBTV and Mike Bishop from Blue Max Materials talk about path and walkway solutions!
More technical info:
A pathway from Point A to Point B in your yard or garden fulfills a functional purpose, but it can also be a beautiful landscaping feature. The type of path you choose is influenced by the look you're wanting, its function and cost.
For a traditional pathway with a natural, rustic look, a decorative gravel path may be a great option. It is not only beautiful, it is also easy to maintain and with the use of a product called Gravel Pavers in its installation, it's also ADA compliant. To install a gravel path using the Gravel Pavers product:
- lay out your path with string or outline it with spray paint.
- dig out the inside area to the depth of the Grass Pavers (about 1") plus 3" - 4".
- put in a base of 3" - 4" of compactable stone like ABC and compact with a plate tamper.
- lay out the Gravel Pavers, cutting them to fit in your path.
- secure the Gravel Pavers with corresponding "nails" or spikes pounded into the ABC base.
- border the path with an edging of your choice.
- spread decorative gravel over the Gravel Pavers.
Digging out the pathway area.
Inserting nails into Gravel Pavers.
Spreading decorative gravel (1/2" Alabama Brown gravel was used in this application) over Gravel Pavers.
Voilà! A decorative gravel pathway!
There are many other options for constructing a beautiful pathway, including man-made pavers like those shown below from Belgard Hardscapes or natural stone flagstone.
Pathway constructed with Belgard's Arbel Pavers.
Pathway constructed with Belgard's Bergerac pavers.